Rangers Called to Investigate Two Local Inmate Deaths

By: Michelle Peltier Email
By: Michelle Peltier Email

It was an unusual Monday morning for jailers in two different Brazos Valley counties after two inmates turned up dead.

The first happened in Brazos County. According to the sheriff's office, Terry Lee Davis was found unresponsive in his cell just after 7 a,m.

The jail's medical staff started CPR. Shortly after, Davis, 48, was transported to St. Joseph Regional Health Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Davis, who was from Somerville, was awaiting trial for aggravated robbery.

Preliminary autopsy results showed there were no signs of physical injury or trauma.

Just an hour-and-a-half later, the second inmate death was reported, this one in Grimes County. Larry Key Jr., 38, was found unconscious.

Shortly before his death, Sheriff Don Sowell says Key had been seen by the jail nurse, but reports were he was awake and alert at that time.

An autopsy has been ordered.

Key was serving time for two counts of indecency with a child.

In both cases, the Texas Rangers are now investigating. That is regular procedure in inmate death cases.

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